Teamwork? Important??

China
February 9, 2009 1:04am CST
We are often asked to work in a small group, but why? Is it necessary to work with others? What if you feel comfortable doing a task by yourself? Especially at school, it sometimes feels as if we are being asked to work in teams for the sake of just that. I am puzzled.
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@vicky30 (4773)
• India
9 Feb 09
Yes teamwork is very important in life.We can share knowledge with each other and solve a problem.We can also make the project even more better with new suggestions and ideas.If we work alone we will have limited thoughts to put in the work.Also if we face problems we won't find a solution to it.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
9 Feb 09
They always did say two heads are better than one... Doctors work in a team. I always wanted to work on the railroad.. It is a very large team to keep those trains running smoothly down the tracks... Track workers team... Then the Train maintence Train crew that run the train Paint Shop that paints and washes the trains etc... Iron works to make the rails and steel plates.. Shop worksers... It's all examples of why team work is good and important.. - DNatureofDTrain
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@vicky30 (4773)
• India
10 Feb 09
It was a really good example.I'm impressed about it.
• India
9 Feb 09
It is most important as it distributes work and helps achieve target easily
@michmich2 (432)
• United States
9 Feb 09
I remember thinking similar things about teamwork when I was in school. Now I think I see the importance of teamwork. Even though you may feel comfortable working alone now, you won't always be able to do so. In so many workplaces, it is important to know how to work well with others and be part of a team. I think that teamwork in school helps us to learn how to deal with different personalities and different ways of going about completing a project. I know it's not always fun, especially when there are people in your group who are either too controlling and trying to do everything, or too lazy and aren't pulling their own weight. Like it or not, small group projects seem to be a part of school no matter where you go, so my advice is to just make the most of it and try to get along with your teammates as well as you can.
@underdogtoo (9591)
• Philippines
9 Feb 09
Teamwork is great in an organization. There are things that are best done by one person and others that need more people to get done. I like to be the boss. Cheers!!
@annierose (18953)
• Philippines
9 Feb 09
Hi happyforever, I had same attitude before. I always wanted to work with myself alone rather than with a group. But, when I was still a student, our teacher always give us a task by group. Based on my experiences when I was still in college, teamwork is very important.It made me remind of the old adage "Two heads are better than one". I can say that, while we can think of good idea, others may think also same like us. And who knows, if both of you had good idea on a certain task,it will be so much better, right? It teaches us some values also. For example, it gives us insight that it is better to have someone with who can help you finish a project. It develops cooperation between you and other members. Aside from that, having a teamwork while you were still in school will better prepare you for your life ahead. Life after studies is very complicated. There are lots of difficulties. Lots of challenges will awaits on you. And to all of those, it will require certain thing. That you should know how to deal with other people. Remember that you need to work with other people. Just enjoy being in a group. Always think that your present will determine your future. Happy mylotting
@maezee (38846)
• United States
9 Feb 09
In high school, and even now, in college, I definitely prefer working by myself than with a group of people. Work gets done quicker (and with less hassle) when we can do it individually rather than try to communicate and work with people that we aren't used to working with. I guess I don't mind working with others as a "team effort" so long as everyone puts their fair share of effort into the project, and so long as we can get it done in a timely manner. In a way, I think group work helps us learn how to tolerate & work with others better; because heaven knows we're going to meet (and probably have to deal with) a good amount of difficult people - maybe working in groups in schools is like some sort of "training" for the real world. Know what I mean? It can just be frustrating sometimes, to have to deal with group-members who slack off & don't do their share of the work.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
9 Feb 09
I work well as a team, but my issue I found in most teams.. If I worked so hard eventully every member of my team dumped their job on me, or they were trying to force me to do something I could not complete because the others did not want a job. Finally, I got mouthy with my teachers, and I demanded to work alone. Why have a team when everyone is gonna dump it all on me anyhow.... The Teachers were all that is to much work for alone, I said I don't care if I don't get it done I do not get it done... I am not gonna work with people who do not want to do the work... I work so hard that I volunteered at places people fell behind I was done, and I offered to help them, caught them up and finished up before they knew it.. Then they are all standing there like wow how did we all finish.. as they said I fell behind... She did it then the other said ... she did mine too. Then suddenly they are all smiling at me.. and were like neat we got 4 hrs to just stand around and talk with eachother :) .... They liked that... I got a reward for that... :) .. That is the main reason I do not like to work with teams, either I can not keep up with them, or they can not keep up with me not very good as pacing with eachother. But, I can slow down, and pace with them if I have to... Team work is a good skill to learn.. but it only works when every member of the team is willing to do their own share, if not then the team collaspes. - DNatureofDTrain